The longest-distance part of triathlon, the bicycle portion, can make or break a race. Proper bike training in the weeks and months leading up to the race will help a racer gain momentum on opponents and stay fresh for the run portion.
A weekly long ride is helpful for building endurance before the race. For shorter triathlons, race distance is fine, but for longer ones, build up to race distance as you train.
Hill repeats are a series of hill climbs designed to allow a rider to maintain race pace through hill sections of the race.
Sprint intervals are rides that entail several periods of maximum-speed pedaling to build speed and power.
To allow legs to grow accustomed to the bike-run transition, do several brick workouts, in which a run workout immediately follows a bike workout.
Unlike running (in which overuse injury is fairly common), cycling is low impact, which means with proper precautions, cyclists can put in several hours of training a day without fear of overuse injury.
Article Written By Billy Brown
Billy Brown is an outdoor sports writer living in Northern California.
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